Veteran actor Ian Abercrombie, the man behind Ganthet’s voice for the Green Lantern animated series, passed away on Thursday, January 26th, at the age of 77. Born in England in 1934 Abercrombie had a very successful career as a character and voice actor, performing such roles as Mr. Pitt on Seinfeld and Professor Crumbs on the hit Disney Channel series Wizards of Waverly Place.
Genre fans will recognize the actor in his role as Alfred Pennyworth on the short-lived Birds of Prey television series and as the voice of Emperor Palpatine in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series. He also played a number of small roles in television series like Babylon 5, Star Trek: Voyager, The Flash, and appeared in the films Army of Darkness, Young Frankenstein, The Crucifer of Blood and Puppet Master 3.
As the voice of Ganthet Ian Ambercrombie brought a great deal to the voice of the Guardian who has been so important to the Green Lantern mythology, lending the right amount of warmth and gentleness to the character. Ambercrombie had recently completed work on an episode of Green Lantern: The Animated Series.